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Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History

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A gay man who created New York’s most notorious den of heterosexuality . . . an anxious, anything-but-hardboiled lawyer who became one of the most successful undercover mob informants in history. . . .

In this hilarious and fascinating account, Michael Blutrich takes you inside star-studded 1990s New York, mafia sit-downs, and the witness protection program.

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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by BenBella Books
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Randal White
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Scores is the story of Michael Blutrich, a successful New York attorney who opened one of the most famous "gentlemen's clubs" in the country. The real story, though, is how the Gambino crime family got it's hooks into the club, and how Blutrich was made an FBI informant to take down the mafia family. I honestly could not stop reading this book. It was exciting, well written, and grabbed your attention right away. Blutrich's descriptions of his "adventure" made you feel afraid for him, yet somew ...more
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

It's books like this that make me realize I live a rather boring and mundane life. Seriously? How do people get themselves into these situations? And more importantly, how is this guy still breathing??


Anyways, on to the review. I enjoyed this one. The Mafia stuff was fascinating. The Scores stuff entertaining. The author had an engaging voice that kept me turning the pages.

Overall just a really entertaining read.


Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ok. I have to admit two things- I have a thing for mafia/true crime books. I also have to admit that even though they are the equivalent of a buffet as compared to a high quality restaurant, I still love them. What I mean by that is, going in and reading these books, you know it isn't going to be great writing and it is going to be pretty basic.

I needed to write that before writing my review.

As I was reading this, I kept thinking, besides someone like me, who loves these types of books, who is
Very interesting and with humor!
I highly recommend to read this one 👍👌
Valerity (Val)
I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley and BenBella Books for review.

A rocket ride of a story. This book pulled me in and kept me there right up through the epilogue. Such a bizarre yet true story, that I kept shaking my head all through it at things that kept happening. Blutrich's writing is sardonic and funny and keeps a good pace. He's a gay lawyer who started the first sports/strip club SCORES in New York in the 1990's which quickly became a hit. At that time there weren't any classy
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
While not necessarily agreeing with the ethics of the establishment the author ran or his morals, this account of his cooperation with the FBI in targeting the mafia in 90s New York was fascinating, and while, post James Frey, I'm always a little dubious as to the authenticity of some of these books, it was certainly one that had me hooked from the first page. ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Michael Blutrich first looked at becoming a partner in a club in New York City the original intent was that it be a high-end sports bar. But one of the partners pushed to include strippers and lap dancers and that led to the double-entendre name of Scores.

At the time Blutrich was living in Florida. An attorney, he was trying to get untangled from an insurance company in which the principles had committed fraud, and he assisted with some loan schemes. This ends up playing an important part i
This memoir proves that sometimes real life is much stranger than fiction. The audio book was entertaining and disgusting. It is sometimes humorous. Until the end, it mostly reads like a thriller.

Michael Blutrich was one of the owners of Scores, a "gentlemen's club" at 333 E.60th Street in NYC, which is apparently still operating. Scores offered expensive drinks, numerous big screens to watch all sorts of sports, topless dancers, and lap dances. It clientele during the week were lawyers, bankers
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, true-crime
4.5 - Reading like a sequel to The Sopranos, I'd wager that even the most creative of writers would struggle to come up with half of the crazy and unbelievable encounters that Michael Blutrich had with the New York City mafia during the 1990s.

The really crazy part? It's all true.

In this juicy tell-all, Blutrich explains how a gay, Jewish, Park Avenue lawyer came to own "NYC's hottest strip club," how the Gambino family involved itself from the get-go (hint: extortion), and finally, how he becam
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a glimpse into a really strange world and I really enjoyed being along for the ride. Mafiosos, big bucks, strippers, coke, celebs - it's all in there. The voice acting in the audiobook is really good, too and the stories are funny. Also amazing to learn how the US government treated those gentlemen after all the immeasurable risks they have undertaken for them. Maybe there's more to this story that Mr. Blutrich isn't sharing with us, but I still found it mind blowing.

All in all certainly a
Tara Scott
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, thought I felt like I was covered in a thin layer of film and dirt as I listened to it (maybe because it was about a strip club or maybe it was his NY accent). The book opens with the author commenting about how it took all the shenanigans mentioned in the book to make him realize that life is really about the people you care about and those that care about you. To this I say: DUH. But that is a good indication of the quality of person you are abo ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Compulsively readable. One of the best biographies I have read. I didn't even care when I could tell I was blatantly being lied to and managed by Blutrich, when he was defending his own actions.

Blutrich, himself, narrated the audio version, which made a great story even better. Hard to put down.

I started to write details about the book in my review, but then deleted all of it. I don't want to spoil it. If you want to be entertained, this is the book for you!
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I agree with Anderson Cooper's review at the top of the cover of the book: "A fascinating, funny, and at times, frightening tale of strippers, money, and the mob...."

I remember Scores vividly from the 1990's. It was a star-filled club, in the gossip columns every day, and impossible to get into. Howard Stern talked about it every day on his radio and television programs and he paraded a constant array of Scores entertainers-some of the most beautiful women I had ever seen.

This book grabbed me, w
Barry Cohen
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
I would rate this book a 10 if it were possible. This book is fantastic, one of the best books that I have ever read.
It's a fast-paced page turner, it took me less than three days to finish. "Scores" is very well written and I love the author's self-deprecating humor.
I found it hard to believe that this was a true story. I researched the background and found that, not only was it all true, but most of the names mentioned were real as well.
I am originally from Brooklyn and was in my 40's when th
William McGrath
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The immortal words of Don Vito Corleone, "I'm going to make him an offer he cannot refuse" ring ever true throughout the pages of this supremely fascinating tome. Scores has a distinct writing style and voice among the myriad of "Mob Life" narratives. Michael Blutrich lived a life of making deals, both legal and not, but the deal he makes with the reader is this - conversation. This unique chronicle of New York High Life reads more like one is having an intimate conversation with Blutrich - at t ...more
Brian Rothschild
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can not begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book! It grabbed me from the first chapter and I read it on my commute to and from work. It was hard to put down every time my train pulled into its station. It amazes me what an intriguing life some people live while others just get to experience it through the eyes of those who have been to hell and back. Michael makes you feel like he is sitting on your couch next to you and just telling you his life story. At no point int he book ar ...more
Jake DeForest
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I personally am not a book reader at all. However when I began reading this book I was completely hooked from start to finish. The "inside scoop" of the Hollywood stars alongside with the humor is enough to never put this book down. All and all it was an excellent book I highly recommend it to everyone! ...more
Marcella Wigg
3.5 stars.

This book is one of those junk-food reads. I found it difficult to put down. Regardless of your opinion on Blutrich's willingness to take responsibility for the seriousness of his financial crimes, Scores is eminently readable, the story of a lawyer with a previous association with Andrew Cuomo who creates New York's first "classy" topless establishment with lapdances, Scores, in 1991. The club gained the admiration of celebrities and some of the sleazier members of New York's social s
Kathy Dalton
EDIT....after reading this book and loving it, I decided to do some reading about Mr. Blutrich. It would seem his involvement in the defrauding of many people in Florida was much much worse than he admits. But much worse than that...he apparently pled guilty to "disorderly conduct" after being caught with a 17 year old boy he developed a relationship with at the YMCA, and he pled guilty to downloading about 30 images of minors engaged in sex acts. Was that the reason he spent so much time in iso ...more
Ethan Nicholls
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars.
Scores was one of the biggest surprises I had of this year so far. It sat in my Audible library for a long time, as I was chipping away at the first third of the book. I didn’t have much confidence that it would really get rolling, and I went through the debate of removing it or not. However, at a certain point, once Blutrich (self-narrated) starts to discuss the club being built and operated, I was hooked, and I blew through the rest of the book in a week or less. This was d
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gay man who created New York’s most notorious Strip club . . . an anxious, anything-but-hardboiled lawyer who became one of the most successful undercover mob informants in history. . . .

In this hilarious and fascinating account, Michael Blutrich takes you inside star-studded 1990s New York, mafia sit-downs, and the witness protection program.

Meet Michael D. Blutrich, founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York history. A resourceful lawyer at one of the city’s most respected firms,
James Shaw Jr.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book. It's a light read but a good one. I listened to it as an audio book read by the author himself, which enhanced the experience because, when he would quote something that someone else said, you know that you're listening to someone who was actually there and that he's duplicating the vocal inflections and accents that actually occurred. Books about organized crime are *never* boring, but this one is special. Though the author never articulates it, there's a bit of a background narrati ...more
Steven Jones
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a solid if safe true crime memoir. It was an interesting tale of how someone ends up in over their head pretty quickly and is a classic NY crime tail. Just by opening up a club Blutrich ended up putting himself into a compromising position since organized crime had been allowed to run rampant for so long.

Hearing how he dealt with the issues and pretty much kept the mob happy and at bay normally wouldn't be super interesting but he has a great story telling style. Was he the most ethical
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It's an interesting read, but it gets a little too whiny (especially at the end). This is particularly true if you look into the author on even a cursory basis. He really deserved what he got, and worse, and there's really no getting around that. The fact he cooperated in the hope of leniency doesn't really make him a convincing victim when they decide to sentence him based on his crimes anyway. The whole thing just kinda comes across as a pity party in the end. This is kind of unfortunate, sinc ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was incredibly interesting and very well-written. I was torn on how many stars to give it because the main character is, first and foremost, a criminal. He does not really paint himself this way in the book, but he committed massive insurance fraud. The book is about his informing on the mafia to the FBI and he skates over the crimes he committed in Florida that gave the FBI the leverage to turn him.
Despite my misgivings about Blutrich, I found myself rooting for him as he met with mob
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely fascinating. What you see in the description is what you get, pretty much, and it's great. The author recounts his misadventures with the mafia and his various close calls when trying to catch them saying incriminating stuff while wearing a recording device. This read more like an action book than a non-fiction at times. I highly recommend it.
My favorite part of the book was about the time when Leonardo di Caprio inadvertently saved the author's life.

The book was narra
Vince Cooper
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where does Scores rank among all the books you’ve read?
This one is right near the top, maybe not in the Top 5, but probably in the Top 10.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Michael Blutrich considering the book is about him and his experiences
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Wasn't really moved by any parts of the book, but did enjoy several moments. If I had to pick a favorite portion, it would be (SPOILER ALERT: but won't ruin the book for you) when Blutrich
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, gave-up
I am in the minority of reviewers who loved this book. I guess I've changed in my older years. I'm always intrigued about Mafia stories, so that's why I downloaded this book. The beginning was very slow for me, and I had high hopes it would pick up the pace once the story begins from the plans to build Scores. I realized that I wasn't interested in the sordid story. I couldn't focus on the narration-- thick New York accent and all. So, I'm returning it for a refund. Enjoy, the rest of "youse" gu ...more
Matthew Sciarrino
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Incredibly interesting book. Would make an AMAZING movie! This is the story of a skilled lawyer, a former partner of Andrew Cuomo, who worked closely with Mario. It’s the story of how Scores was created, run, and how the mafia, a partner from the beginning, would run various scams within the club. It’s the story of the fall of this lawyer, who becomes an informant against the mob. A very successful one, but who was then stabbed in the back, not by those he ratted on, but by the government. Lots ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Book of True Crime

This book is exactly what you would expect and the plot is pretty much all in the title. Very well written and gives lots of insight into a world different from my own. This is definitely one of the better books in the genre. (Also a very convincing tale to encourage anyone to stay away from business with the mafia).
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Source: BenBella Books (links added). Michael Blutrich is a graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, a successful gay entrepreneur, and an unlikely FBI informant.

In a previous life, he was a founding partner of a prestigious Park Avenue law firm, a successful attorny, the owner of an HBO boxing promotion enterprise, an acclaimed radio talk show host, and the original owner of SCORES, New Yo

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